Pifas had a very exciting Friday afternoon as the Chicago Fire Department, a helicopter, and a good Samaritan who donned his wetsuit and jumped aboard his kayak was able to save the three-year-old stranded collie mix. Somehow the dog found himself floating near an ice floe almost a half-mile out in the icy waters of Lake Michigan in the Loyola Park section of Chicago.
According to the chicago tribune.com, divers were in the process of rescuing a woman who had fallen through the ice when someone spotted a dog. A helicopter was sent up to make sure the animal wasn't a coyote, and then the Chicago Fire Department began their rescue operation.
Fortunately, Dave Kehnast saw what was happening and used his kayak to paddle through the ice. Pifas wasn't having any part of Kehnast bringing him aboard the kayak, but then doggy paddled back to shore as Kehnast herded him towards the shore where animal rescue workers were able to capture the dog and transport him back to Animal Care and Control.
When his human companion, Nerijus Steponavicius showed up at Animal Control to take his furry friend home, the shy dog jumped for joy upon seeing his owner, but Pifas had a few obligations he needed done before being allowed to leave.
Animal Care will administer all of Pifas' necessary vaccinations, issue a license, be registered with a microchip and be neutered. (There are definitely enough dogs in the world.)
Frisky Pifas escaped from his home on Feb. 13 when the landlord was doing some maintenance work.
All's well that ends well thanks to a kindhearted man, the Chicago Fire Department, the Chicago Police Department and Animal Care and Control.
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